The Hound Dog Band with Jon Paris and Bob Metzger.
The Hound Dog Band with Jon Paris and Bob Metzger.
The Ox also gets back together for the Summerfest reunion.
The Ox also gets back together for the Summerfest reunion.

A weekend of Milwaukee rock and roll history

Get ready for a reunion of veteran Milwaukee rock and rollers during the first weekend of July. A host of familiar names will perform in settings that you might never have expected to hear again.

On Friday, July 1 The Hound Dog Band and The Ox get together for gigs at Summerfest in the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage & Pavilion.

The Hound Dog Band – Sam Friedman, Mark Saichek, Ed Sison, Brad Seip, Randy Monaghan, Fred Bliffert, Tony Brown and Bob Knetzger – plays at 6 p.m., and The Ox – Jon Paris, Bob Metzger, Brad Seip and Ed Sison – follows at 8 p.m.

The following night, head over to Shank Hall at 8 p.m. to see The Last Polka, starring The East Side All Stars. You may remember some of these legendary cats from their reunion gig last year at Shorewood High School. Admission is $20.

Dynamite Duck – with Jon Paris and James Solberg, Mark Lillis and Jeff Hilgert – will perform, along with guests Jim Liban and Junior Brantley. Also on hand and on stage will be Jerry Harrison, Bob Metzger, Fred Bliffert, Ed Sison, Brad Seip, Sam Friedman, Mark Saichek, Tony Brown, Randy Monaghan and Bob Knetzger.

Harrison, of course was a Modern Lover and a Talking Head. Paris went to New York, where he's played with the likes of Johnny Winter, Les Paul and Bo Diddley, Solberg worked with Luther Allison, Junior Brantley was a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Metzger toured with Leonard Cohen, and the show's host, Fritz Bluebottom (aka Kim Jorgenson) went into the movie business and was executive producer of the Oscar-winning "Out of Africa" and other pictures.

Take a walk down memory lane or get schooled in Milwaukee's rock and roll past...

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